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Center Stage (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 May 2000 (USA)
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A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writer:

Carol Heikkinen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Schull ... Jody
Christine Dunham Christine Dunham ... Audition Teacher
Stephen Stout Stephen Stout ... Mr. Sawyer
Maryann Plunkett ... Mrs. Sawyer
Laura Hicks Laura Hicks ... Nervous Mother
Barbara Caruso Barbara Caruso ... ABA Scout
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... ABA Scout (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Zoe Saldana ... Eva (as Zoë Saldana)
Victor Anthony ... Thomas
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Mother at Audition
Carlo Alban ... Eva's Friend
Giselle Daly Giselle Daly ... Eva's Friend
Ethan Stiefel ... Cooper
Susan May Pratt ... Maureen
Shakiem Evans Shakiem Evans ... Erik (as Shakiem Evens)
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Storyline

The education of three young students, Jodie, Eva and Maureen, as they study at the American Ballet Academy. Life isn't what they expected at the esteemed ABA, and all three face problems along the road. Jodie doesn't have the "ideal" body for dancing, Eva doesn't have the right attitude, and Maureen doesn't have the heart. Along the way, they learn that love can be found in unlikely places, and dancing should be a passion, not a duty. Written by the lexster

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Life doesn't hold tryouts.

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Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Ballet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,604,621, 14 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,174,870, 10 September 2000
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American Ballet Company does not exist. There is, however, the American Ballet Theater (ABT), where Ethan Stiefel (Cooper Nielson) was a principal dancer until 2012. He is now the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet See more »

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Before the final dance Cooper choreographed is performed at the showcase, Cooper finds Jody and speaks to her on the stairs. Jody has her hair and makeup done (ie. red lipstick) as if she's going onstage for the final scene with the red leotard, but that isn't how the performance begins and so she wouldn't have prepared for that scene first. See more »

Quotes

Maureen Cummings: Look, you're a smart girl, Jody. If you turn in your application now, you can still get into a good college.
Jody Sawyer: But I don't want to go to college. I want to dance.
Maureen Cummings: Yeah? Well so do a lot of people.
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References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

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Mas Que Una Caricia
Written by Alejandro Jaén
Performed by Elvis Crespo
Courtesy of Sony Discos
Under License from Sony Music Licensing
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Unknown Cast in a Great Film
18 February 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

A group of young dancers arrives at the ABA (American Ballet Academy) in New York to an audition. Twelve are selected to dispute the opportunity to be chosen to a workshop to have a chance to become professional dancers. Among the female dancers, the gorgeous Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull), the rebel Eva Rodriguez (Zoe Saldana) and the anorexic Maureen Cummings (Susan May Pratt) share a room and become friends. The lead dancer and choreographer Cooper Nielson (Ethan Stiefel) has a personal dispute with the director and choreographer Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher) since he married his partner and girlfriend Kathleen Donahue (Julie Kent). Along the days, there are friendship, tension, romance, frustration and many training in the lives of the participants.

"Stage Center" is a film that impresses first because of the ballet dancers, most of them professionals. The screenplay with entwined storylines and the natural and powerful performances of these young and unknown actors and dancers are also highly attractive. It seems that they are indeed fighting for a chance to be recognized by Hollywood as great actors and actresses, trying to show their skills to the studios. It shows a splendid direction of the excellent Nycholas Hytner. The choreography and soundtrack are also great. Certainly it is a lovely and wonderful movie, highly indicated for fans of 'Fame', dance, ballet and good films. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Sob a Luz da Fama" ("Under the Spotlight of the Fame")


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